Giant Squid

A friend of a friend of a friend etc… wanted a giant squid for his sea life loving daughter’s birthday.

The task came to my door and as I love to make things I’ve never done before I said yes!

I found a free online pattern to make an 8 foot squid which I downloaded and then bought all the materials needed from Dunelm.

Although I did enjoy making it, it was hard to do – not the cutting out and sewing which was quite straightforward but by the time I began stuffing it, it quickly became very heavy to manoeuvre and was like having a thick duvet wrapped around me. I was boiling!!

“Squiddy” came to life a couple of weeks later and here is my son, Mitchell modelling him….


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A velveteen Moss skirt

Tracy has just finished making herself a lovely winter skirt using

the Moss skirt pattern.  View A


The fabric is from our favourite haberdashery – Guthrie & Ghani.

Spandex velveteen isn’t the easiest of fabrics to sew with.



Tracy also learnt some new skills while making the skirt  – adding a fly zip front

and also front pockets.

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A lovely addition to Tracy’s wardrobe!

Happy sewing

Love Carol x

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Reversible apron

Just in time for all the Christmas cooking – Lyndon’s apron was ready!

Lyndon had put in a request for a reversible apron.

Tracy found the fabric on a fab day out for the 2 of us at the latest Quilting for pleasure exhibition at the NEC.

Kitchen utensils on one side and food on the other.

Tracy drafted the pattern herself and finished off the edges with top stitching and bias tape.

Lyndon uses it all the time now and looks very cool in the kitchen!!


Happy sewing – Carol x

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paint a little happiness

I had a lovely afternoon out with Tracy recently. We went along to our local coffee shop called Cafe Craft which has various crafts on offer – my favourite being the pottery.

Of cause there was a sewing theme..!!


That’s mine on the left and Tracy’s on the right.

They started off as a storage jar and a sugar bowl…

and when me and Tracy get together there’s always cake!


We worked our way through the stages –



When our afternoon was done off to the kiln they went..

we were so pleased with the result



one last job – I used a special pen to write on the lids…




We love them and they will soon be full with our little sewing nick nacks.  Which means we’ll just have to paint another one!


Have fun

Carol  x

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Geek shirts!

I love sewing for myself, friends, my home, work – anything sewing related is fine with me but my absolute favourite thing is making clothes for my children. I get a real sense of achievement and pride.

I made a periodic table shirt for my son (posted here) and he still loves it and wears it frequently.

After previously buying some perfect geek fabric for him from a quilting exhibition at the NEC (posted here) I decided on a back to back make.

First up The Walking Dead…..




The next shirt – Star Trek


For both shirts I used the same pattern as before


A lovely weekend of sewing for me ended with a happy son and so a happy mom – perfect!


Happy sewing – Carol x

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cardigan knitting

Last year at the ‘sewing for pleasure’ exhibition I bought a kit to knit a cardigan.  I chose the colour and it contained the correct amount of wool needed, the pattern and a wooden button – even though I couldn’t find it by the time I needed it so bought another!


It was a very quick and easy knit – just stocking stitch and a simple alternating knit one, slip one purlways pattern.

One thing I would do different next time is to change the cuffs.  The pattern is a turn over cuff but with that pattern I find it unnecessarily bulky. It still has the lovely pattern at the end without turning it up so I shall reduce a few inches of stocking stitch rows on my next one.


I’m sure I’ll find the missing button now I don’t need it.

Happy sewing ~ and knitting

Carol x

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Winter skirts

With the weather warming up – a little!  It’ll soon be time to pack away some of our winter makes.  Skirts…


Tracy picked this fabric up at the Rag Market and used a pattern from one of the sewing mags.


Tracy used another wool based fabric from the market to make this one..


and I used this wool fabric from Guthrie Ghani for my self drafted skirt.

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We lined each of these skirts but i did have a lazy moment with mine – I couldn’t be bothered re-threading my overlocker so i used a heart stitch to stop the hem from fraying.P1010537

I quite like it actually, might do it again one day!

Happy sewing – Carol x

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